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Skibladner leaving the dock at Lake Mjøsa
The paddle steamer Skibladner.
Photo: DS Skibladner

Any direction out of Oslo will take you to lush landscapes, rich history, and cultural experiences.

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    Highlights of Eastern Norway in one to six days

    Below are some suggestions provided by Ellen Mæhle, former content manager of the website visitosloregion.com. Take a quick tour through the suggested day trips on the list and pick and mix places to visit on your own round trip.

  1. 1. Akershus

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  3. 2. Østfold

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  5. 3. Vestfold

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  7. 4. Hedmark

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  9. 5. The Gjøvik region, Hadeland, and Ringerike

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  11. 6. Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen

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Things to do in the Oslo region
Find Ellen Mæhle’s day trip suggestions on the map and plan your own route.
Since 1968, Henie Onstad has been committed to Norwegian and international art, with a broad exhibition, music and performance program, and a central… Read more
Henie Onstad Art Center
Drøbak is also called the Christmas town, the garrison town, the arts town, the restaurant town and the golf, tennis and riding town. Read more
Drøbak
Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture… Read more
Oscarsborg Fortress
The star-shaped old town of Fredrikstad was founded in 1567 and is the best-preserved fortress town in Northern Europe. The town gives you a sense of… Read more
The Old Town - Gamlebyen Fredrikstad
Fredriksten is Norway`s largest, most important and most venerable border fortress.   Many also find it one of the most magnificent in… Read more
Fredriksten fortress
Island hopping to Hvaler´s secret places. Hvaler is equally attractive by land as from the water. Read more
Island hopping Hvaler
Recreation area with a fantastic fjord view, rocks, fishing spots and skerries. Read more
Verdens Ende - “The World’s End”
It was in 1889 that Edvard Munch (1863-1944) spent the first of many summers in Åsgårdstrand. In 1898 he bought a house built at the end of the 18th… Read more
Edvard Munch´s house in Åsgårdstrand
One of Norway's largest medieval museums providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until… Read more
Domkirkeodden
The Norwegian Forest Museum has a national responsibility for presenting the history of hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry. With… Read more
Anno Norwegian Forest Museum
"Skibladner" is the pride of inland Norway. Dating back to 1856, she is the world's oldest paddle steamer still in scheduled service. Every summer,… Read more
DS Skibladner
Experience Kistefos-Museum: industrial museum, art Hall and sculpture park Kistefos is one of Europe´s most important sculpture parks for… Read more
Kistefos-Museet - History, art, playfulness and picturesque
Lillehammer Art Museum is located in a unique building designed by Snøhetta, in the centre of Lillehammer. The permanent collection comprises… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
Peer Gynt at Gålå 2017-2018
Peer Gynt festival
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt” is celebrated in one of Norway’s largest cultural…
Peer Gynt festival
Enter the mythical country of Peer Gynt and the kingdom of the trolls as you follow this gravel road, which provides stunning panoramic views. Read more
Peer Gynt Road
Places to go in the Oslo region
Urban life and rural charm, cutting-edge architecture and Viking landmarks, world-class dining and local markets, cultural happenings and pristine nature, all close to Oslo.
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
Lillehammer is located in the lush Gudbrandsdalen valley in Eastern Norway and offers a mix of culture, family fun, and outdoor activities. Read more
The Lillehammer region
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots and it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Just west… Read more
Fredrikstad
Get to know this charming, medium-sized city on the banks of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. Experience a rich cultural life and one of the… Read more
The Hamar region
Halden is an idyllic small town nestled down by the Iddefjord, just on the border of Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress. Read more
Halden
A 20-minute drive from Oslo takes you to Follo, a region full of fun and excitement. Here, you can scream on the thrilling rides at TusenFryd, visit a… Read more
Follo
Enjoy the good life in the countryside! Toten, Søndre Land, Ringsaker and Gjøvik offer wonderful local food, a rich cultural life, and… Read more
The Gjøvik region and Ringsaker
Being on the list of nationally valuable cultural landscapes, Hadeland and Ringerike can offer some of Norway’s most visited museums and… Read more
Hadeland and Ringerike
Stay in a treetop cabin, visit a farm, or enjoy the myriad of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hedmark is an ideal spot, whether you are looking… Read more
Hedmark
Its extensive forest and a host of walking, hunting and fishing options right on your doorstep makes Elverum well worth a visit… Read more
Elverum
In Akershus you can easily switch between the good life by the coast, urban city life and active holiday in the countryside. Read more
Akershus
Between Oslo and the Swedish border, you’ll find Østfold – a region full of cultural cities and idyllic seaside experiences. Read more
Østfold
The area between Oslo and the Swedish border offers unspoilt nature, excellent fishing spots, and the Halden canal, which is the oldest… Read more
Inner Østfold
Choose between 50 different beaches or try the city's new pride: the diving tower! Discover historical Refsnes Gods or Gallery F 15, one of… Read more
Moss
A thousand years ago, Sarpsborg was founded by the old king Saint Olaf alongside Europe's largest waterfall. Today, the city has one of the… Read more
Sarpsborg
Romerike offers unique accommodation and exciting activities. Here, you can visit the historic birthplace of the constitution, ski indoors, or indulge… Read more
Romerike
Vestfold’s coastline has an extensive cultural history. The region by the Oslofjord has played a central role in Norwegian history as a hub for… Read more
Vestfold
Looking for sun, summer and festivals? But also history and scenic surroundings? Then Larvik and Stavern is the place for you! You are guaranteed to… Read more
Larvik and Stavern
From the Vikings to the tourists of today, people have always flocked to Tønsberg, Norway's oldest city. Located about an hour's… Read more
Tønsberg and Færder
Horten boasts a rich heritage dating back to our Viking history. In Åsgårdstrand, you can visit legendary artist Edvard Munch's house. Read more
Horten
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
Sandefjord
Hiking opportunities all year round, kayaking on silent lakes, and the chance to learn about Norway’s rich industrial heritage. Enjoy… Read more
Holmestrand
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